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Sharjah to launch electronic tenancy contracts

Tenants will be able to attest their contracts online

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 16:25 July 1, 2013
  • Gulf News

Sharjah: Sharjah Municipality has announced its plans to implement an electronic tenancy contract project to simplify the leasing process between landlords and tenants.

The announcement was made during an open meeting which was attended by real estate companies and landlords of Sharjah buildings who were notified about the new services, their contract rights, and the required procedures to provide best services for both parties.

In accordance with the leasing and tenancy laws, the new electronic leasing contract will allow tenants to carry out the attestation process online with the aim of minimising contract disputes with their landlords, said Khalid Al Shamsi, Director of the Tenancy Organising Department.

Also as a part of the project, the municipality will link their database to Sewa’s (Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority) database to ensure that the numbers on the power meters are correct during the attestation process to help ease the process for tenants.

Al Shamsi said that the department urges tenants and landlords to educate themselves about each of the services provided and to strictly follow the laws in order to protect their rights.

Al Shamsi also confirmed that the municipality has recently opened several offices for contract attestation to reduce overcrowding, and is planning to hold a number of meetings with office heads to familiarise them with the new services and to answer any of their queries.

The municipality, in coordination with the Emirates Identity Authority (Eida), will also work together to electronically share the information of tenants, added Al Shamsi, who pointed out that tenants will only need to provide their Emirates ID card when attesting their tenancy contracts.

The Tenancy Organising Department comprises three sections, a lease contract attestation section, a tenancy dispute section and a tenancy court.

Comments (4)

  1. Added 14:43 July 2, 2013

    Just last week my One Bedroom hall.The rent incrased from 17,000 to 20,000 dhs.My friend and me stay in same floor.My friend only pay 18,000 dhs.Renewed this year only.Don't you think it is unfair what that landlord did to me?

    c.philip, shj, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:36 July 2, 2013

    It will be very nice if the sharjah authority makes it a strict rule that only after 3 years rents can be increased or they should not register if the rent is increased in the 2nd /3rd year .. This will control the building landlords and they will never tell us to get out of the premises..Most of the tenant's are scared to go to the authority and complain , cause the landlord should not create any problem to the tenant. and they are forced to pay the increased rent...PLEASE SHARJAH AUTHORITY LOOK IN TO THIS

    sharon, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:17 July 2, 2013

    The landlords are increasing the rent abnormally every year irrespective of the rent cap for the first three years. The muncipality may add the rent cap point in the tenancy contract will help the tenant at the time of renewal.

    Thirunavukkarasu, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 09:36 July 2, 2013

    May I ask authorities to streamline the rents in line with this initiative so that people dont suffer due to increase in rents and commission. Leaving this decision up to landlords creating chaos for many people and therefore no control over what should be the ideal rent. I have a feeling that online attestation and visibility of rent will help people to be clear about their own rights and therefore can bring social harmony. Thank you UAE for everything.

    Jamil Tekedil, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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